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Senate backs Greens’ motion on WA shark cull as Abbott & Barnett sing with one voice

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Rachel Siewert 4 Mar 2014

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Federal Government to terminate the exemption from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act granted to Premier Colin Barnett's drum line policy following the deaths of members of a protected species.

"The Senate today supported my motion calling for a termination of the exemption, recognising that at least two mako sharks have died on WA's drum lines since the cull began," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"The mako shark is listed as a migratory species under the EPBC Act, and the Environment Minister has a responsibility for protecting this species.

"The Minister has said that "any breach of conditions will result in the exemption being terminated", and yet no action is being taken, despite the fact that the shark cull policy is catching under sized sharks and despite the fact that species listed under the EPBC Act have died.

"Yet again, Government failed to support this motion, showing their disinterest in upholding the EPBC Act or the intent of the WA Government's commitment to reduce the impact of the cull on small sharks.

"This is no surprise, given Tony Abbott's broad and open support for WA's cull. Just as with the threat of climate change, the Prime Minister is happy to ignore the science and back this cull.

"Tony Abbott and Colin Barnett are speaking with one voice.

"The only responsible course of action for the Environment Minister to take is to terminate this exemption and for the drum lines to be removed," Senator Siewert concluded.

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